When Democrats failed last week to call a vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, many took it as a sign his agenda was doomed.
After all, if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn’t round up the votes in two days, it must be a no-go.
That Democrats are stepping back to ensure they have consensus on such major legislation should be of comfort. It also highlights a stark difference between today’s Democrats and Republicans. Whereas Republicans appear to be in lockstep no matter the issue, Democrats have distinct moderate and progressive factions who can and do exercise substantial clout.